Environment

Environment

In this May 8, 2003, a northern spotted owl sits on a tree branch in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. CREDIT: Don Ryan/AP

Timber Wars Continued: Conservationists Sue To Save Spotted Owl Logging Protections

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to preserve protections for 3.4 million acres of northern spotted owl habitat from the US-Canada border to northern California, the latest salvo in a legal battle over logging in federal old-growth forests that are key nesting grounds for the imperiled species. Continue Reading Timber Wars Continued: Conservationists Sue To Save Spotted Owl Logging Protections

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A young cougar, which was previously tagged with a tracking collar, is treed by hounds in Washington. Courtesy of Buddy Woodberry

New Rule Allowing Hound Training For Cougar Tracking Highlights Wildlife-Human Challenges

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission recently approved a new rule that could soon grant George’s wish. But the rule is not without controversy. Many conservationists worry that training more hound handlers could put a strain on Washington’s cougar population and lead to catastrophic unintended consequences for the big cats. Continue Reading New Rule Allowing Hound Training For Cougar Tracking Highlights Wildlife-Human Challenges

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Deception Pass State Park, on the north end of Whidbey Island. CREDIT: Washington State Parks

Washington State Parks Commission Changes Plan On Navy Usage For SEAL Training

During a special meeting Thursday, the commission voted to let the state parks director decide if daylight restrictions can be lifted or modified after the Navy’s nine-month trial period is up, as long as the Navy complies with limits on when and where it will conduct training operations. Continue Reading Washington State Parks Commission Changes Plan On Navy Usage For SEAL Training

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